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Recently, a blogger for Marie Claire was compelled to issue an abject apology after making derogatory comments about people of size. In a scathing review of CBS‘ new fat show, Mike and Molly, columnist Maura Kelly called fat people “aesthetically displeasing,” and compared obesity to an addiction. The nationwide eruption of hurt feelings took Marie Claire’s editors by surprise, and after some fumbling, they distanced themselves from the story and presumably forced Kelly’s apology.
It’s laughable to think that a simple act of contrition can exculpate either Kelly or Marie Claire for this deplorable instance of intolerance. People of size may have massive, quivering bodies, but their self-esteem is by contrast as delicate as a sugar sculpture. By shattering it, Kelly has only served to drive these waddling grotesqueries back into the cool, comforting embrace of the refrigerator in a vain effort to exorcise their pain. The blogger should not only be fired, but also subjected to some sort of sensitivity-increasing exercise, such as the forced viewing of plumper porn.
Kelly’s supporters argue that like drug addiction, eating disorders are medically recognized conditions, and that the writer’s opinions echo those of medical science. Moreover, they’re likely to point to the fact that outside of fetishists, most people are turned off by fleshy truckloads of undulant blubber.
These excuses betray the rotten logic of girthophobes. Just because something is true doesn’t mean it should be said, if saying it means portraying an individual’s lifestyle choices as within his control. Kelly is doing nothing more than blaming the individual for the situation in which he has put himself.
The War On Fat is already lost. The winners are the fast-food and processed food industries, who are in business for no other reason than to make money. To flog their products, these companies stoop to advertising during children’s programming, and often include toys with their products. These companies are perpetrating a modern Holocaust, preying on America’s inability to say NO.
Which is why the government will soon have to step in to provide the NO. Once trans-fats, sodium, corn syrup and other dangerous additives have been removed from the American diet, the obesity epidemic should waste away like a North Korean peasant. Until then, the disgustingly obese deserve to be treated with tolerance: they can’t help it.